Hall of Famer and Former RBA President, Raymond Riley, Passes Away


Raymond C. Riley, 79, of Bonsack, passed away from his loving family to the presence of his Lord after a lengthy illness early Friday morning.

Born in Louisiana, he obtained an Associate Degree from Hannibal-LaGrange University and served in the Naval Reserves.He then married his beloved wife, Delores Darlene Jeffries, and over the next 59 years they lived in Missouri and Illinois until moving to Virginia with the railroad in 1972.

After joining the Vinton community, Raymond continued working for the Norfolk Southern Railroad until his retirement in 1995. After his retirement, he and Darlene became avid bowlers where he served as President of the Greater Roanoke Area USBC. In 2011, he was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame for meritorious service.

He is survived by his two daughters, Raylene Riley of Blue Ridge, and Regina Watkins and son-in-law, Leo, of Troutville; grandchildren, Ashley Watkins, Morgan Barr and Nathan Watkins.

The family would especially like to thank caregiver, Loquine Hamilton, the staff at Carilion Vascular ICU, and all of the other health care professionals that helped Raymond during his time of need.

Those wishing to make a donation, please consider a charity of your choice.


Posted on September 8, 2014, in GRAUSBC, Notice and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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